For the last post of our Christmas & NYE get-away I wanted to tell you guys about the hotel we stayed at in Mexico. As mentioned before, originally we wanted to go to Tulum, but when we started looking for hotels in September everything was already fully booked. So we decided on Playa del Carmen along the Riviera Maya, which is basically just an hour down the road from Tulum. My dream hotel was The Viceroy, which I spotted on Emily’s blog back in April, but they were also fully booked over NYE. Then we found the Blue Diamond Riviera Maya through SLH (small luxury hotels) and it was love at first sight. Even though it was a little more than we originally wanted to spend, we decided to go for it, because like I said – love at first sight and for the time in Canada we stayed with family, which helped our budget a bit :) However, looking back, I don’t think I would stay there again. Don’t get me wrong, it was a wonderful week but next time I’d rather spend the money somewhere else. Keep on reading for all the pros & cons below…
Last night, we had our annual “secret santa girls night”. It’s not really a secret santa thing, since everyone receives a present from everyone … but I am highly against celebrating things ahead of time, so I refuse to call it “Christmas” before the 24th. For the past few weeks we’ve been trying new places for our girls nights and yesterday we decided to give the “Brasserie & Bakery” in the 1st district a try. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the boutique hotel “The Guest House Vienna” and the whole look reminded me of something you might see in New York City. We had a great evening, lots of yummy food (I can absolutely recommend the goat cheese starter … sooo dreamy!), good talks, and of course presents! It was the last time we’ll see eachother before the new year, but we already decided on brunch at The Guest House for our first meet-up in 2014, because as we were ordering dessert we noticed that they actually serve breakfast until 11pm, which is kind of amazing if you ask me :) Do any of you guys celebrate Christmas with just your girlfriends? Here are some impressions from our night:
Those of you that are avid readers of The Daily Dose probably already saw our Travel Diary of two very relaxing days in the beautiful Burgenland. For those that haven’t seen it yet, let me fill you in: about 2 weeks ago, Kathi and I dragged our boyfriends to a much-need weekend getaway. Not that it really required much dragging, the boys were all for it, and so Friday after work the 4 of us headed south to the Balance Resort Stegersbach by Falkensteiner. I don’t really think the weekend could have turned out any better! We had the perfect mix of fun, relaxing and getting to know some new things (hello wine-tasting).
Even though we’re already back in Vienna, I am still dreaming about our days on Kuramathi Island. I finally managed to go through over 1.200 photos and created a little collection of our “island life” for you guys. We spent our days sipping of fresh fruit juices, walking around the island, snorkeling with sharks and enjoying cocktails during sunset. It really doesn’t get much better – trust me!
Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday!